The Fifteenth Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistics (CCSA)
Date : 22 February 2010 Venue : New York - USA

The Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) held its fifteenth session in New York, USA on 22 February 2010 on the margin of the 41st session of the United Nations Statistical Commission. The 15th session of CCSA was chaired by the two co-chairs of the Committee - Mr. Pieter Everaers, Director of External Cooperation, Communication and Key Indicators of Eurostat and Mr. Henri Laurencin, Head of Development Statistics and Information Branch of Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of UNCTAD. Representatives of the member institutions of the CCSA participated to the Session. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General and Mrs. Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, researcher, represented the SESRIC thereat.

Due to a minor change in the order of the agenda items, the Session started with the presentation of National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) about a website containing an inventory of global statistical standards. The Committee then took note about progress report prepared by UNSD on the organization of the World Statistics Day.

As the fourth item, the two co-chairs of the Committee, Eurostat and UNCTAD, made a presentation about “Governance of the Global Statistical System: The role of CCSA: Roadmap for the development of a strategy on how to incorporate major projects in the CCSA Work” and the Committee agreed that a discussion on one selected global project - the System of National Accounts 2008, to be held during the next 16th session.

The Committee also took note of the PARIS21 report on “Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS): Issues and Case Studies” for which the experience of EUROSTAT was presented as a case study on the use of PRESS data.

During the session, the proposed agendas of the below events were also discussed:

  • 2010 Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations (Eurostat and UNSD)
  • Special session on Human Capital to be organized in conjunction with the 16th CCSA meeting (Eurostat)

The Committee then listened to the oral presentations made by the relevant CCSA member institutions on the topics:

  • Use of non-official data in imputations/estimations made by International Organizations (WTO)
  • Establishments of a network of statisticians working in International Organizations (UNESCAP)

Under the other business item, ITU invited the CCSA members to take part in the upcoming Global Seminar on Information and Communication Technology Statistics which will be jointly organized by the UNSD, ITU, UNCTAD, Statistics Korea and in collaboration with the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 19 to 21 July 2010.

The Committee agreed that its sixteenth session would be held in Vienna, Austria on 1-3 September 2010 and confirmed that the meeting will be hosted jointly by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and with the help of International Atomic Energy.

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